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The special vulnerability of SIDS to waste management problems was highlighted, particularly in view of reduced land surface in these countries. Paragraph 21 on the transboundary movement of toxic and hazardous wastes remains bracketed. The problem is the reference to the passage of ships carrying toxic and hazardous wastes and chemicals and radioactive materials through the seas of small islands.

Paragraphs (iv) and (v) in the section on International Action were amended to contain appropriate reference to conventions and other arrangement dealing with marine pollution, in particular land-based sources. The two paragraphs were also amended to support measures to assist SIDS in improving their capacity for negotiation, follow-up and implementation of international conventions.